Thanks to all who visit, and special thanks to measurementoftheobserver and fringelikes for their curatorial advice.

All photographs © Do Thi Dan Thanh.

Iran do Espírito Santo, Playground

One of Brazil’s most highly regarded contemporary artists, Iran do Espírito Santo (b. 1963) is known for his austere yet sensuous drawings, wall paintings, and sculptures. Playground is his first public work in the United States. At first glance it looks like a massive cube made from large stone blocks – but with a number of blocks missing at the corners. On closer examination it becomes evident that the work hasn’t been constructed out of individual elements but rather cast in stone-like concrete as a unified form. We see that the “mortar” is exactly the same as the “block” itself and that the entire sculpture is consistent in color, texture, and finish. The “missing” corner elements were never there but are instead deliberately composed openings that allow transparency and access to the interior space.

Do Espírito Santo speaks of the work as a kind of “idealized ruin” that is also a metaphorical playground. As a child the artist loved to play with building blocks. Given its architectural materials and oversized scale,Playground is a bit like a blown up cartoon image of a child’s fantasy building. At the same time, the artist has created a subtle and elegant play between perception and reality, construction and destruction, and between idealized form and everyday objects and materials.

This exhibition is presented by Public Art Fund.

kThis post has 46 notes
tThis was posted 1 year ago
zThis has been tagged with #public art #sculpture #iran do espirito santo #playground #central park #doris c freedman plaza #nyc #photographers on tumblr #original photographers #iphoneography
  1. measurementoftheobserver reblogged this from dtdtphotos
  2. upstages reblogged this from publicartfund
  3. undercoverfreek reblogged this from publicartfund
  4. moonbeanz reblogged this from publicartfund
  5. putudani reblogged this from publicartfund
  6. artearte reblogged this from publicartfund
  7. sheyjorie reblogged this from publicartfund
  8. cubs-otters-n-beefcakes reblogged this from publicartfund
  9. publicartfund reblogged this from dtdtphotos and added:
    Beautiful shadows, thanks for sharing!
  10. aldeburgh reblogged this from dtdtphotos and added:
    More from that lovely commute …
  11. dtdtphotos posted this